The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have chosen to call off their planned one- week sit- at- home demonstration. Despite this, numerous locals continued to boycott economic activity on Friday.
Many people had already begun planning for the protest, which is set to take place from today, Friday, until next Wednesday, by shopping and stockpiling supplies to ensure that they would have enough to last them until the demonstration’ s duration.
As a result, some large markets remained up until late Thursday night to accommodate buyers who needed to complete their last- minute buying.
Due to the continuous crisis in the country, it was discovered on Friday that schools, offices, marketplaces, automotive parks, restaurants, abattoirs, filling stations, banks, and other governmental institutions were all closed to the general public. On this list were government offices at the federal, state, and local levels.
A large number of individuals have arrived from Anambra State, which is currently on high alert due to the upcoming governorship election, which will take place on Saturday.
Despite the fact that there were few people to be seen in shops and markets, business activities in Imo State were not thriving. There was also a significant amount of desolation on the roads.
Chibundu Ochegbu, a resident of Owerri, the state capital of Imo, told SaharaReporters that the IPOB’ s decision to revoke its sit- at- home order came as a surprise to many residents in the city.
On Friday morning, he hypothesized that this could have played a role in the dismal social and business activities that he had observed.
” I think people got the news late. A lot of people did not know on time that IPOB cancelled the sit- at- home last night. So this is responsible for the slow activities of doing business.
” Only a few people are doing business and roads are empty. But, I believe people will start going out when they are aware the sit- at- home no longer holds, ” Ochegbu said.